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15 Aug 2019

I know it’s a modern cliché, but I am constantly surprised at how relatively easy it is to get advice using the Internet. And so much of this advice is provided by a huge army of volunteers, who give freely of their knowledge in replying to requests for help on special...

14 Jun 2019

Looking for something on my computer the other day, I came across this paen to the word "up" which was sent to me some time ago. It needs no explanation, other than to say that it's not entirely original. If it is yours, let me know and I will give you a credit. I hope...

13 Feb 2019

As with any business activity, the use of social media needs to be carefully planned. A social-media marketing campaign requires objectives, strategies, realistic allocation of time and money, and a clear understanding of why you are doing it. In particular, you need t...

7 Jan 2019

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I speak reasonably good French. I learned it at school (well, I scraped an O-level), I have taken various courses in the language over the years, and I lived in that lovely country for about 12 years, until August 2017. I’ve always f...

29 Nov 2018

This is a revised version of a piece that I originally posted, on the previous manifestation of In my own write, in March 2012. That post was entitled “Whose doing it? Your doing it. And its going to cause an argument”, which I thought was a reasonably witty way of dra...

23 Oct 2018

I’ve always loved words, and ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by the structure and content of the English language. Take, for example, the delicacy and precision of homographs and heteronyms. The former are words with the same spelling but with two or more d...

10 Sep 2018

On a previous version of my website, I had a blog that I published using the WordPress platform. However, when I changed the design of my site a couple of months ago, that blog disappeared completely, for reasons which I could not fully understand. I tried to get help...

20 Aug 2018

I’ve always tried, and maybe not always successfully, to use “Promise long, deliver short” as my core customer service philosophy. The idea is deliberately to overstate the time I think it will take to deliver something, so I can usually deliver on time - or even early...

1 Aug 2018

A couple of years ago, I wrote a series of guides for a site aimed at small businesses, all about website and email management. One of these pieces was about changing websites, transferring hosting and so on.

The guides assumed a fairly limited level of techni...

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June 14, 2019

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I had a Wordpress blog on my previous website, but decided that it would be better to start again when I changed the site design. I decided to keep the blog title, In my own write, which - as I am sure you know - is paraphrased from the title of John Lennon's first book. Well, I thought, if I'm going to plagiarise someone's words, I might as well do so from an authentic creative genius.


In due course, I'll revise and reissue some of the posts from the original blog, and I'm going to keep the philosophy the same. I’m a copy-writer, but I'm not going to prattle on about “look at how clever I am, please give me your next writing project” - I assume you are going to do that anyway.


Instead, I'm going to write about my various interests, including the English language, the business of communication, the world we live in, and anything else that comes to mind.


Please comment, if only so that I know I am not talking to myself. Well, no more than usual.


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